Chicken tractor gardening

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Bokbok, Jul 8, 2008.

  1. Bokbok

    Bokbok Out Of The Brooder

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    Does anyone have any experience using chicken tractors to rotate around on top of garden beds? Ultimately I want to know this: If I leave, say, three chickens on a 10 sq. ft. piece of ground, they reduce the weeds to nil, then every day I throw alfalfa, straw, and soil in there till two weeks goes by... How long do I have to wait till I can plant something in that patch of ground? I hear that the straw absorbs some of the "heat". In one book they say I can go right ahead and plant, but what do ya'll think?

    I'm already a week into this experiment, by the way. And I have the seeds I want to plant.
     
  2. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

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    Quote:What book are you using?
    Most would not suggest immediate planting. Id wait a few months. About the time you get the second bed prepped and the tractor moved on to the third - time to plant the first.
    I use a tractor but havent developed in into the garden bed method yet.
    In fact I have frogetten most of what Ive read on the subject! Im saving this one to follow....

    PS I have the 7 year plan by Delbert Hartmann specifically for his tractor design. I can post the hi-lites if anyone is interested.
     
    Last edited: Jul 8, 2008

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